On Monday Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released white papers in an effort to focus attention on three topics related to the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act: student consumer information requirements, risk-sharing in the student loan programs, and accreditation.
The Senator has requested public comment by April 24 on these papers. NASFAA will submit comments, and in turn would like to hear from you. Please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This white paper describes a need to “redesign and reform accreditation to strengthen the quality of colleges and universities, promote competition and innovation in higher education, and provide accountability to government stakeholders and taxpayers.” The report identifies the following problems that need to be addressed in the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act:
The report offers a number of options and proposals for reform as a basis for discussion.
To refocus accreditation on quality, the report suggests:
To redesign accreditation to promote competition and innovation, the report suggests:
To keep recognition of accrediting agencies independent and free from politics, the report suggests:
Publication Date: 3/25/2015